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Product details , Recipe's and Cosmetic Uses.

Saffron, often referred to as the "golden spice," holds a special place in the culinary and cultural landscapes of various regions around the world. Among the diverse varieties of saffron, our Mongra Saffron is sourced directly from a single estate in Pampore, Kashmir.  Grown in the pristine valleys and high-altitude fields of  Jammu and Kashmir, Mongra Saffron embodies not only the essence of its natural habitat but also the rich heritage and traditions of the land.

Kashmir, known for its breathtaking landscapes and unique climate, provides an ideal environment for saffron cultivation. The delicate crocus flowers, scientifically known as Crocus sativus, thrive in the cool autumn air and the mineral-rich soil of the region. However, it is the meticulous cultivation and harvesting process that sets Mongra Saffron apart.

The process of producing Mongra Saffron is labor-intensive and requires the utmost care and precision. Each delicate saffron stigma must be handpicked from the flowers during the early hours of the morning, before the sun's rays intensify. This careful harvesting ensures that the saffron's flavor and aroma are preserved to their fullest potential. The stigmas are then carefully dried and sorted, with only a small quantity of the finest, deep-red stigmas being categorized as "Mongra" grade. On average, it takes around 150 to 200 saffron flowers to produce just 1 gram of grade 1 Mongra Saffron.

What distinguishes Mongra Saffron from other varieties is its unique coloring, intense aroma, and bold flavor profile. The threads are longer and thicker, which indicates a higher concentration of the saffron's essential oils. This concentration results in a saffron that imparts a vivid golden hue to dishes, along with a complex aroma and a distinct, slightly bitter taste. Mongra Saffron is a prized ingredient in traditional Kashmiri cuisine, used to elevate dishes like the famous "Kesar Pulao" (saffron-infused rice), rich curries and various sweets.

Beyond its culinary applications, Mongra Saffron holds significant cultural and medicinal value. In the local Kashmiri culture, saffron is intricately woven into rituals, festivals, and ceremonies. It is offered as a token of hospitality and is used to enhance the beauty of traditional textiles and crafts. Additionally, saffron is recognized for its potential health benefits. It is believed to have antioxidant properties, aid digestion, and promote overall well-being. These traditional beliefs have attracted the attention of modern researchers, leading to studies exploring saffron's potential therapeutic uses.

Mongra Saffron from Kashmir exemplifies the harmonious interplay between nature, culture, and gastronomy. Its painstaking cultivation process, distinctive characteristics, and deep-rooted significance in Kashmiri heritage make it a true gem among spices. As enthusiasts and connoisseurs continue to recognize its unparalleled attributes, Mongra Saffron stands as a testament to the timeless allure of a spice that has captured hearts and palates for centuries.


1. Saffron Rice (Kesar Pulao)


1 cup basmati rice

A pinch of Mongra saffron threads

2 tablespoons ghee or butter

1 small onion, thinly sliced

4-5 whole cloves

4-5 green cardamom pods

1-inch cinnamon stick

Salt to taste

Chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, and raisins), lightly toasted

Fresh cilantro or mint leaves for garnish


Rinse the rice thoroughly and soak it in water for about 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a small bowl, soak the saffron threads in 2 tablespoons of warm milk.

In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat ghee or butter. Add the sliced onions and sauté until golden brown.

Add the cloves, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick. Sauté for a minute until fragrant.

Add the drained rice to the pot and sauté for a couple of minutes, allowing the rice to absorb the flavors.

Pour in enough water (about 1.5 to 2 cups) to cook the rice. Add salt to taste.

Add the soaked saffron milk, along with the saffron threads, to the rice. Stir gently to distribute the saffron evenly.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the rice cook until it's tender and the water is absorbed.

Once the rice is cooked, fluff it gently with a fork. Garnish with toasted nuts and fresh cilantro or mint leaves.

Serve the saffron rice as a delightful and aromatic side dish.

2.Saffron Milk (Kesar Doodh)


1 cup milk

A pinch of Mongra saffron threads

2-3 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)

Chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds) for garnish.


In a small bowl, soak the saffron threads in 2 tablespoons of warm milk.

In a saucepan, heat the remaining milk and bring it to a gentle simmer.

Add the soaked saffron milk to the saucepan, along with the saffron threads.

Stir in the sugar and let the milk simmer for a few more minutes, allowing the saffron flavor to infuse.

Pour the saffron milk into serving glasses.

Garnish with chopped nuts, and serve the saffron milk warm or chilled as a soothing and aromatic beverage.

Saffron has been traditionally considered an aphrodisiac in some cultures. While research on this topic is limited, there is some evidence to suggest that saffron may have a positive impact on sexual function and libido. However, more studies are needed to fully understand and confirm these effects.

Some studies have explored the potential of saffron to support male fertility. Saffron may have positive effects on sperm parameters such as count, motility, and morphology. These findings suggest that saffron might play a role in supporting male reproductive health. However, more research is required to establish a clear link.

3.Saffron-Infused Desserts (Kesar Sweets)

Mongra saffron can also be used to add a luxurious touch to various Indian sweets like kheer (rice pudding), shrikhand (saffron-flavored yogurt dessert), and gulab jamun (saffron-scented milk balls soaked in sugar syrup). Simply add a pinch of saffron threads to the dessert during preparation to elevate the flavor and appearance.

Cosmetic Uses:

1.Saffron Face Mask for Brightening:


A pinch of Mongra saffron threads

1 tablespoon raw honey

1 tablespoon yogurt (plain, unflavored)

1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)


In a small bowl, soak the saffron threads in a teaspoon of warm milk for about 10 minutes.

Mix the saffron-infused milk with honey and yogurt.

If your skin isn't sensitive, you can add lemon juice for additional brightening effect.

Apply the mixture evenly to your face and neck, avoiding the eye area.

Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes.

Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.

Follow up with your regular moisturizer.

2.Saffron and Rose Water Toner:


A pinch of Mongra saffron threads

1/4 cup rose water


Soak the saffron threads in the rose water for a few hours or overnight.

Strain out the saffron threads, leaving the saffron-infused rose water.

Pour the saffron-infused rose water into a clean spray bottle.

Use the saffron and rose water toner after cleansing your face, either by spraying directly or applying with a cotton pad.

This toner can help refresh and tone your skin, giving it a healthy glow.

3.Saffron Body Scrub:


A pinch of Mongra saffron threads

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)

A few drops of your favorite essential oil (e.g., lavender, rose)


Soak the saffron threads in a small amount of warm water or oil for a few hours.

Mix the saffron-infused liquid with the melted coconut oil.

Add the granulated sugar and mix well until you have a paste-like consistency.

Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil and mix again.

Use this saffron body scrub in the shower, gently massaging it onto damp skin in circular motions.

Rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry.

The scrub will exfoliate and moisturize your skin, leaving it soft and radiant.

Remember that saffron can stain, so it's important to be cautious when using it in cosmetic recipes. Conduct a patch test before applying any saffron-based cosmetic product to your skin, and avoid using saffron if you have known allergies or sensitivities. Additionally, using high-quality saffron ensures that you're getting the best results from these recipes.

Home Remedies and medicinal uses :

1.Saffron Milk for Relaxation:


A pinch of Mongra saffron threads

1 cup warm milk

Honey (optional, for taste)


Soak the saffron threads in a small amount of warm milk for about 10-15 minutes.

Add the saffron-infused milk to a cup of warm milk.

If desired, add honey for sweetness.

Consume this saffron milk before bedtime to promote relaxation and potentially improve sleep quality. Saffron is believed to have calming properties that can help reduce anxiety and stress.

2.Saffron Infusion for Digestion:


A pinch of Mongra saffron threads

1 cup hot water

1 teaspoon honey (optional)

1 small piece of dried ginger (optional)


Place the saffron threads in a cup.

Pour hot water over the saffron and let it steep for about 10-15 minutes.

If desired, add honey for taste and a small piece of dried ginger for additional digestive benefits.

Drink this saffron infusion after meals to potentially aid digestion. Saffron may help soothe digestive discomfort and promote healthy digestion.

3.Saffron Tea for Relieving Menstrual Symptoms:


A pinch of Mongra saffron threads

1 cup hot water

1 teaspoon honey (optional)


Place the saffron threads in a cup.

Pour hot water over the saffron and let it steep for about 10-15 minutes.

If desired, add honey for taste.

Sip on this saffron tea during your menstrual cycle to potentially alleviate menstrual cramps and discomfort. Saffron is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce pain.

It's important to keep in mind that while saffron has been traditionally used for various medicinal purposes, scientific research on its specific health benefits is ongoing and limited. If you have any medical conditions or concerns, it's recommended to consult a healthcare professional before using saffron for medicinal purposes.

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